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Is Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's next flick? Could be...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now, Terrence Malick's an Austin boy and we totally claim him. But he grew up in Bartlesville, OK and has been prepping his next film there for quite a while. There have been sightings of Christian Bale in association with this Untitled Film for a long time now. It's an unusually quick turnaround for Malick. He's still tinkering with Tree of Life, but considering this guy is positively Kubrickian in the long periods of time between projects the fact that he's working on another flick now is kind of mind-blowing. There's not much going on in Bartlesville, so when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner turned up, touring the same locations Bale and Malick did for the upcoming film, they caused a bit of a stir. Affleck told a local at a local Bass Pro shop he's preparing to play a fisherman in a film to lens in the city that fall and bought some fishing rods and lures. The Film Commission isn't confirming anything, but I think it's a safe bet we'll see Affleck in a Terrence Malick movie. Or maybe it's Jennifer Garner. What a twist! The flick is said to star Bale, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams and was described at the Berlin Film Market as a "powerful and moving love story." Affleck could be joining the cast or replacing an existing cast member. While the movie is said to begin filmming this fall there are rumblings that it might already be filming. As per usual with Malick's films there's a thick shroud of secrecy surrounding the project, but nobody's really talking about this particular development yet so I figured you guys would want a heads up at what might be on the horizon. I think Affleck could be a good match with Malick personally. What about you guys? Thoughts? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Just say "No", Malik! Affleck will ruin your flick

    by chien_sale

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    I hope not...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    please please please be just an unsubstantiated rumor.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST


    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Fuck the untitled Malick project

    by VicenzoV

    What's happening with Tree of Life?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life > Inception?

    by Kobaal

    We'll see...<p> (I know that's a completely asinine way of looking like it, but hey. Most people here are asses.)<p> Also, The Town looks great.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Tree of Life will be better than Inception....

    by VicenzoV

    And The Town looks okay but every scene shown has vibes of other movies, including The Dark Knight.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Casey would be acceptable

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Ol' Barney Affleck should stay behind the camera from now on. He just can't really carry a movie in my opinion. And he's had more than his fair share of chances to prove that already. Not sure I wanna hear this guy butchering some classic Malick-ian voice-over for close to three kinda scares me actually.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Affleck's redeemed

    by Laserhead

    go pick on DiCaprio or Norton now.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    Malick.... his films are always cinematographically interesting, but yet... cold.... I'm never moved by his characters.... I think he's a mediocre filmmaker who has a wonderful grasp on composition with the camera yet he doesn't seem to care much about story.... meh.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    per example

    by macheesmo3

    name a memorab;e bit of dialogue in a malick film.... you can't .. he's like Lucas but with tons of beautiful photography and monosyllabic characters who aren't in space

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    I hope this isn't becoming a new thing with him...

    by BoStrike1

    Colin Farrell did his damndest to pull The New World down around him. At least Ben has Shakespeare in Love in his credits, so thats one more good performance than Farrell has given us, but I'm still very skeptical. The casting of Farrell in TNW has always been a real oddity for me. I hope this doesn't turn into a similar situation.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Please point me toward this redeeming film

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    I'm honestly not sure which one you would be thinking of. STATE OF PLAY maybe? He was okay in that one I guess. But honestly, that one had Crowe to anchor it. He's best as a supporting player or director IMHO. Leading man? Not so much.<p>As far as DiCaprio, I'm not really a huge fan of him either. He still just looks like a 19 year old making mad face all the time. <p>Norton can carry a fucking film though. Would much rather see him up for whatever this part is. Didn't he mention meeting with Malick recently when him and Tim Blake Nelson had lunch with Harry (or one of the other guys)during SXSW?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Rather watch Affleck than Bale these days

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Amateurism does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Affleck's an amateur but if Bale's on set no doubt he'll keep the fuckin' prick in line.<p> "You bought a fishing rod to get into character? Ohhhh, goooood for you. Just don't wave it around me - IT'S FUCKING DISTRACTING! Fuckin ass."

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    If anyone can salvage Affleck's career...

    by Seph_J'd be Malick.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Is this where we part ways?

    by Mr Gorilla

    For me, Malick really IS a visionary director. But right now people are saluting Edgar Wright as our most visionary new director, and some guy above is slagging off Malick because there's not enough 'memorable dialogue'. (I suppose the lack of memorable dialogue is why some idiots don't realise that Barry Lyndon is just as good as Kubrick's other movies.) Not to say that Wright isn't talented - he is, very - but, man, this is depressing.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Affleck is a decent actor and a great director

    by Drsambeckett1984

    And he always seemed like a genuinely nice guy, never understood why he gets so much stick.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Affleck: from Gigli to Malick wow!

    by zapano

    the guy is really getting it together. very watchable actor but a far more interesting director

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Hopefully Affleck plays an asshole

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    If he tries to look too poetic, he will destroy this film.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Malick should make a Shadow Of The Colossus movie.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    I'm saying that for years.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Should "lens" ever really be used as a verb?

    by Nice Marmot

    Or did film buffs make it that way. I have no idea why (not trying to be a troll) it just bugs the shit out of me.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Buying Fishing Equipment for Method Acting?

    by Bodacious_Crumb


  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Bodacious, yeah. Bale drops down to Auschwitz weight for THE MACHINIST before bulking up like a bodybuilder for BATMAN BEGINS. Probably broke his own leg to convincingly limp in 3:10 TO YUMA.<p> Ben Affleck... buys a fishing rod.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    You think Malick should make a video game movie?

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Where would such a preposterous idea come from?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    Thunderbolt Ross is right - Affleck is OK playing assholes (see Mall Rats), but that's the total extent of his 'talent'. <P> Shakespeare in Love was terrible though. He spent the whole shoot swaggering around like a big cock, while being soppily stuck to Paltrow. (John Madden called them 'Benneth'). The film sucked too.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    The union that the world has been waiting for.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by BoStrike1

    That use of the word lens is directly from the photographers themselves, both still and cinematic. Film buffs did not start it. Perhaps some film buffs use it as a way to sound like they know what they're talking about, but on a forum, how can you routinely tell who's a film maker/photographer or not?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Those people who can't see emotion in Malick's films

    by DannyOcean01

    It's because you're emotionally stunted. You're after those sappy, clappy rom-coms that literally bombard the audience with reasons to weep into their popcorn. Just because you're paying for the experience doesn't mean you don't need to make a little effort and engage. Malick's got one of, if not the best control over environment. He's obsessed with nature and the planet, and our interaction with it. How can that not be emotional? The Thin Red Line is a long, measured movie, but how can you not be moved by the soldier's return to the village they had been accepted by before Guadalcanal, only to find they were now unfamiliar, unwanted, basically outcasts.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The Malick - Affleck connection.

    by Knuckleduster

    Didn't Affleck thank Malick in the "The Filmmakers would like to thank..." bit in Gone Baby Gone's end credits? I remember something like that.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Name a memorable bit of dialogue in a Malick film?

    by Knuckleduster

    Jesus, some people really miss the fuckin point. Why don't you leave the grown-ups alone and go look for a memorable bit of dialogue in a Buster Keaton film, you wank.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Sorry, that was mean.

    by Knuckleduster

    But damn...

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    It's true

    by kaseyart

    I live in Broken Arrow Oklahoma which is about 60 miles from Bartlesville. The Bass Pro Shop they were seen at is in Broken Arrow. Jennifer was also spotted at a Wal-Mart here. Some people have posted some pictures online.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by Dick Bahls

    If you want a film to bomb, go get Affleck. Nobody wants to see this guy, except for a few Kevin Smith fanboys on this site. It was a failed experiment when alot of the leading men actors were getting to old, and they didn't have anybody for a couple of years. That's it.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Not hating on the guy, but he doesn't make movies to kill at the box office. Maybe he just thinks Affleck is perfect for the part.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by tomandshell

    I've read this twice, and I still don't understand what this has to do with Scott Pilgrim.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Malick movies make me sleepy. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    by BigTuna

    Seriously, I understand Days of Heaven and Badlands, but what the fuck is so great about Malick. How many times can you go to the well with shotys of pretty trees and pretentious narration.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    by boost0

    I live in Bartlesville and people were flipping smooth out when they showed up at Wal-Mart.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Affleck isn't the poison

    by slone13

    He's an entirely competent actor and almost never the reason some the films he's been in have been stinkers.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Affleck should have won an Oscar for 'Hollywoodland'

    by SmokingRobot

    That was a great movie and a perfect performance.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    He's the reason Daredevil and Sum of All Fears were stinkers.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    That's just off the top of my mind. I am sure I could think of more.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Sorry, ONE of the reasons.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    You said it, buddy. How could you possibly say these movies are 'cold'. I watched THE NEW WORLD with my wife and we both had tears streaming down our faces for most of the running time. It all felt so intense, so immediate, so deeply felt - and so sad. But, as you say, never sentimental. That last shot of Farrell, by the sea, so perfectly illustrated his state. Rather than forcing emotion down your gullet, it let the emotion well up from within you. It was a magnificent film. THIN RED LINE too.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    When I wrote 'how could you possibly say the movies are cold' I meant the other guy, of course, not you DannyOcean.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by Traumnovelle

    I loathe Ben Affleck. Not really his acting abilities or anything, he's serviceable, but I really just can't stand his FACE. And nothing's ever going to change that. Let us pray this is false information, or, if he IS to appear in Malick's next, that he winds up used in the same capacity that Billy Bob Thornton and Viggo Mortensen were used in Thin Red Line.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    have none of you assholes

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    watched a movie past 2003? the guy is doing pretty fucking good at rebuilding his career. hell its rebuilt. he's doing great work these days.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Oh, you mean "pretty good job" Affleck?

    by JAGUART

    I'd say half of all Talkbackers have more charisma than Affleck, except that one asshole that always types in all caps.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Malick may get a performance out of Affleck

    by joe b

    that even Affleck didn't know he was capable of. That's always possible. And then most of Affleck's scenes will be left on the cutting room floor by the end of it! Yeah!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    but hopefully it is Garner

    by joe b

    She seems to have more potential to be molded by a visionary

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Mr Gorilla - The New World

    by antonphd

    I couldn't have said it better.

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  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Dick Bahls

    He was finished almost ten years ago. It's over. Hollywoodland was awful, and so was he in it. His toupee is a better actor than he is, which ain't saying much.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by impetus

    I've only seen The Thin Red Line and it's the most pretentious garbage I've ever had the displeasure of watching. Not sure I will ever feel up to trying another.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Garner at Wal-Mart

    by the_octagon

    Yeah, people around here have been posting pics on facebook of Jennifer with their daughter in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. They are fitting right in to Oklahoma life...

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    "Someone catches a fish" the movie

    by TheJudger

    Maybe it's a mermaid flick.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck namedropped Malick in GONE BABY GONE

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    ending credit, in "thanks" part. Either he namedropped or Malick "mentored" him. Whatever the case, Ben is still a hack actor. He should feel lucky that he became a successful, highly-paid actor after a crappy minimum wage job washing dishes at a restaurant when he was a young 'un. Terry should not direct Ben, but then again, he also directed another fellow former dishwasher Jared Leto. Maybe Terry should expand his talent search at restaurants to find fresh-faced male dishwashers to spit-and-shine into actors.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    by Ash Talon

    Quoted from macheesmo 3 "i DON'T GET THE LOVE<p> Malick.... his films are always cinematographically interesting, but yet... cold.... I'm never moved by his characters.... I think he's a mediocre filmmaker who has a wonderful grasp on composition with the camera yet he doesn't seem to care much about story.... meh."<p> <p> Are you talking about Malick or Chris Nolan, because that's exactly how I feel about Norton. I think Malick's films are far more intelligent and emotional than Norton's which are just too technical to the point of being robotic.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by enderandrew

    He has done way too many bad movies admittedly, but he was very good in Chasing Amy. And he has done a good job as a director.<p>School Ties, Good Will Hunting (he won an Oscar), Shakespeare in Love, 200 Cigarettes, Boiler Room, Sum of All Fears, Hollywoodland, etc. He has his fair share of decent roles. I don't understand all the hate.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    waah affleck's not good enough for my artsy malick nature film

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World


  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    I havn't seen The New World so i can't comment on it's emotional quality. I just find his films beautiful yet boring and/or pretentious (cmon Thin Red Line was a pretentious bore) as far as Nolan goes... I think it depends on the film. I thought it worked in the Batman movies because thats kinda how batman himself is. Havn't seen inception yet. I thought The Prestige suffered a bit from his technical style, yet it enhanced Insomnia and Memento. I think he chooses projects that match his style pretty well. Malick (a talented filmmaker I'm not saying he sucks or anything) seems to be more engaged with the environment than he is with his characters...YMMV

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    "you white, you ben affleck"...just wanted to say that

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Affleck is cool with me...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...he got shot up by Neo Nazis, starred in Dogma, and was in Armaggedon...but then again, he is friends with Matt Damon, now that guy, I dislike (cept in Oceans)

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Couldn't log in for like 4 fucking years.

    by The Dark Nolan

    Thanks for fixing it AIC. Damn!!!!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by dasheight

    At Film Comment, and other sites. So that's why he's there. He's REPLACING Christian Bale in Malick's new movie.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    macheesmo3 - Malick's films are stunningly earnest.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    The opposite of pretentious. <p> Boring? Thin Red Line is deeply resonant on a metaphysical level. Achingly poignant. To me that's enthralling not boring. <p> This Red Line is about as truthful and brilliant as filmmaking gets. It speaks so powerfully to the human condition that you have got to be a desensitized to the point of zombie not to feel that film within your very soul. In my estimation that makes TRL the most realistic war film ever made.<p> But I'll tell ya what, let's drop you on Guadalcanal roundabouts '43 and see how long it takes you to start questioning God and nature and get all existential in your thinking whilest trying to stop the slow progession into madness.<p> This is not poetry, this is the tramatized mind's lyrical attempts at trying to assaign some semblance of order to it all.<p> The audience is becomeing privy to the inner most heightened musings, fears, desires and hopeless prayers of a bunch of shocked and weary human beings.<p> That's not "pretentious". That's spiritual.<p> Boring indeed.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Why are people comparing Tree of Life to Inception?

    by Derrida77

    Tree of Life is supposed to be a family drama starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn about a son and his relationship to his father with two different time-lines. Are people still into the rumour that Tree of Life is some kind of sci-fi flick? I thought that story was debunked ages ago.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by Kobaal

    It was tongue-in-cheek. These talkbacks can be very... binary.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    I was in combat.Not one time did I drift off into meta-physical wankery. I was a little more concerned about staying alive. There was nothing "truthful" about that film at all. It was beautifully shot and was well acted. But the endless drivel and attempt to be "poetic" was pretentious crap. It's one of the first movies I actually wanted to leave the theater in the midst of. I'm not some short attention span fanboy either. I've seen everything from Eisenstein and Keaton to Bela Tarr.... I just wasn't impressed with The Thin Red Line. If it speaks to you... that's great. But it's psuedo-poetry and presumptive approach to the thoughtsof combat soldiers was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    spiritual? lmfao, you must be one of those people who reeks of weed and patchouli and thinks that The Jetsons is symbolic of the working class struggle...... Oh and another thing, Apocalypse Now.... THAT movie reminded me of combat.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Get Cuba Gooding

    by Anything But Tangerines

    He's way better than Ben Affleck

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    macheesmo3 - Well we agree on Apocaypse Now.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    One of my all time favorite films... along with Thin Red Line. <p> But here's the thing; When your walking through an near eutopia of lush untouched land that's now been scarred by the ravages of war, with seemingly endless periods in which to ponder what the point of it all is, then I'd think a man would indeed began to drift outside of himself and endevor to find a reason. Through this process I'm sure many enternal questions would spring. And if such a man were to come from a country based on puritan values and was at all religeous, then he may find that he has a few qualms with God that he'd like to hammer out whilest waiting to die. Especially in that war, in that land, with those era of men. This is when men still spoke earnestly without hint of irony. Judging by their war letters home, I do believe those lyrical wonderings would represent the sentiments and thoughts of those men. <p> And all one need be to understand them is to be human. Which is what you're hearing; people trying to remain human in the midst of dehumanising circumstances. <p> Maybe your inability to relate is a generational thing. Everyone nowdays are godless douchbags right? I'm not saying that's the case, mind you, just a crude speculation on my part.<p>But I do respect and commend you for your service sir. So bravo and go with God.

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  • Aug. 16, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST

    I'm an atheistic a-hole sure

    by macheesmo3

    But I'm also 37, so I'm not some newbie fanboy with a communistic bent and a hatred of religion for parental lament reasons. Just a guy who prefers to see the world for how it is and not for how I'd like it to be. But thanx for the kudos sir!